MFUSD TAG Program
Welcome to the Milton-Freewater School District's Talented and Gifted home page. The purpose of this page is to inform students and parents about resources and opportunities available for high achieving students.
Every year students are considered for Talented and Gifted students in the Milton-Freewater School District. These services are provided by your child's classroom teacher(s). If you think your child might qualify, you may wish to contact the district office at 541-938-3551 for a Parent Referral Form. Completing this form gives your child's school TAG committee more information about your child. Classroom teachers also collect observational data from students each fall and make recommendations for testing.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What can I do if I am not pleased with what is going on in my child 's class?
A: The first question you will be asked if you contact anyone besides the classroom teacher is, Did you contact the classroom teacher? If the answer is yes, and you have thoroughly discussed your concerns, the next step would be to contact the school's administrative staff. The next step would be to contact one of the District's TAG Director.
Q: How often should I hear about my child's progress throughout the year?
A: Parents will receive a variety of updates on their child's progress. Because the District has identified TAG students from kindergarten through twelfth grade, the number of contacts varies. At the elementary level teachers may contact parents through the TAG Planning Worksheets, newsletters, progress reports, and report cards. Conferences and phone calls may also be part of the on-going communication. At the middle school and high school levels parents can request an Instructional Plan Sheet their child's core subject area teachers in the Fall of each year. Please feel free, however, to contact the team or individual teachers as concerns arise.
Q: What if I want to have my student removed from TAG services?
A: According to the Oregon Administrative Rules, The parents may, at any time, request the withdrawal of their child from programs and services provided..... Parents should contact a District TAG Specialist and the school administrator to discuss removal from TAG services.
Q: If there are no separate classes, how does the Milton-Freewater Unified School District meet the varying needs of its TAG students?
A: All students who are identified academically talented and/or intellectually gifted are continuously assessed to determine their level and rate of learning. The services offered address both affective and intellectual needs of these students and encourage the development of advanced critical and creative thinking skills. While the TAG identification criteria are consistent throughout the District, any special services will vary from school to school in order to meet the unique needs of each school's situation.
In addition to on-going classroom instruction at the appropriate rate and level, some of the other services which may be available are listed below:
All grade levels: Differentiated instruction, cluster grouping and flexible grouping, individualized instruction, curriculum compacting, grade acceleration, independent projects, mentorships, clubs and interest groups, Oregon Writing Festival, Knowledge Master Tournament, District Spelling Bee
High school students: Honors courses, Advanced Placement, mentorships, independent study, credit by examination, possibility of concurrent enrollment with Blue Mountain Community College, Walla Walla Community College, and Eastern Oregon University.
Please contact your child's teacher or the school principal for more specific information.